Synthesis of Voluntary National Reviews for the High-Level Political Forum
Countries reported on the achievement of the SDGs from their national perspectives, including a consideration of their national priorities and approaches, and outlined how they have included the SDGs into national development plans and strategies. They provided information on the context in which they are implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and particularly the overarching challenges they face. These included high levels of poverty and inequality; fragile economies; dependence on natural resources and agriculture and facing the effects of a prolonged fall in commodity prices; epidemics and their aftermath; high unemployment, and in particular youth unemployment; conflict and post-conflict situations vulnerability to disasters and the consequences of recent disasters; vulnerability to climate change; and financial and institutional shortcomings.
High-Level Political Forum Report: Civil Society Engagement in Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals
The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) provides the pre-eminent space for dialogue with the UN system on sustainable development. 2016 is the first year of implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and in this context 22 countries have volunteered to undertake national reviews to be presented at the HLPF. As this is the first review of its kind, it is to be hoped that this process can set a benchmark for future reviews, so that the aspirations of the 2030 Agenda are delivered in a truly just and sustainable way. There are major questions remaining on implementation, monitoring and accountability of this agenda; this paper aims to provide some initial reflections on the engagement with civil society in the countries under review and to set out some recommendations on how this engagement can be further strengthened.
Over March-June 2016, the Action for Sustainable Development platform collected summaries from national civil society organizations (CSOs) within the 22 countries that have volunteered to be reviewed by the High Level Political Forum. Through the comparison of these summaries, general observations can be made to link the inclusion of civil society in the SDG process, and provide an analysis of the degree of depth and breadth found in national SDG proposals.
Individual Civil Society Country Reports and Reflections
Brazil |Colombia | Egypt | France + More info | Finland | Germany + More info | Liberia | Morocco | Norway | Philippines | Samoa | South Korea | South Africa | Sweden | Switzerland*| Tanzania | Timor-Leste | Togo | Tunisia | Uganda | Venezuela + More info |
*Originally published on Social Watch
User Guide for the High-Level Political Forum
Ahead of the meeting for the High-Level Political Forum (11-20 July 2016), the Action for Sustainable Development partners have prepared a user guide to engage in the process both in person and remotely.
The HLPF has been called the preeminent forum within the United Nations to work on sustainable development issues for the next fifteen years or so. It is also referred to as the home of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030Agenda. This Forum is the ‘apex body’ at the UN to ensure monitoring, follow-up and review of the SDG commitments. It provides a forum to review progress across nation states and to connect policies within the UN system.
The HLPF accords NGOs the most far reaching participatory privileges and rights in the history of the UN.
But how can civil society most effectively engage with this process? How does the UN enable voices to be
heard from the people who are most directly affected by these policies?
This user guide will answer these and other questions about the engagement in this critical institution and its governance of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Where to start?
You can find out about other useful resources to assist your work here:
UN Major Groups: An official mechanism to allow broad public participation in decision-making related to international sustainable development.
DataShift: DataShift is a demand‑driven initiative that builds the capacity and confidence of civil society to produce and use citizen-generated data to monitor sustainable development progress, demand accountability and campaign for transformative change.
TAP Network Goal 16 Advocacy Toolkit: This toolkit provides civil society and other nongovernmental stakeholders with guidance on how to engage with their governments and other local, regional or international stakeholders to support the planning, implementation, follow-up and accountability of Goal 16.